We all have to learn to crawl before we take our first steps and begin to walk. The same can be said about a career - if you choose a trade, you need to go through an apprenticeship before you become a journeyman. In the corporate world, after college, you climb the ladder of success to reach your ultimate goal. Computer aficionados usually get their start the same way. Many of us started out with a hand me down that our parents or older siblings once used, and as time progressed, we moved on and built our first rig with every penny we could afford. As we learned more about how our system worked, and mastered the hardware used to build it, each progressive system was an upgrade over the last. What happens when you reach the pinnacle but moving above the mainstream is more than you can afford or even care to relinquish? Fellow aficionados, there is hope! Most manufacturers sell an entire line of mainstream motherboards and ASUS is one of them.
Realizing that mainstream users have different needs, ASUS has introduced eight mainstream Z77 motherboards that support the 3rd generation “Ivy Bridge” 22nm Core processors. Each board in this segment has many of the same features but as you climb their mainstream ladder, each board progressively adds more features than its predecessor. For those of you who have reached your pinnacle and desire many of the features an enthusiast board has to offer but for whatever reason still love the mainstream, the ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe comes with many of those features.
The ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe may be the perfect fit for the mainstreamer who seeks a little more than the usual in a mainstream motherboard. The P8Z77-V Deluxe is at the high end of mainstream motherboards but with its feature packed design a few extra dollars is well worth the price. Built around the Intel socket LGA 1155 and Z77 chipset the V Deluxe supports the 3rd generation 22nm “Ivy Bridge” Core Processors. When a manufacturer uses the word Deluxe you expect more and ASUS has lived up to its promise. The motherboard comes with Intel gB LAN, WiFI and Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, Dolby DTS Connect, PCIe 3.0, Dual Intelligent Processor 3, multiple GPU support, EPU power saving mode and a UEFI BIOS rivaled by many and possibly matched by none. Software included is ASUS AI Suite II, which has a new Fan Expert interface, as well as Network iControl, ASUS SSD Caching and USB 3.0 Boost with UASP. Containing the Z77 chipset, you are also able to take advantage of many Intel technologies (Lucid Virtu, Smart Response, Smart Connect, and Rapid Start) to further enhance your user experience. Even with all this, ASUS did not forget performance tuning - either in the BIOS or via the TPU switch on the motherboard, the user can performance tune their system within seconds.